100 Pinterest Ideas: How to Recycle Christmas Decorations All Year Round

While most homeowners have stowed their Christmas trees and decorations back into their storage room or closets, others simply can’t say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. They have found creative techniques to reuse their evergreens and ornaments. For this reason, Tree Classics searched all over Pinterest this month to find 100 of the most amazing ways to recycle Christmas decorations.

Christmas Cards as Gift Tags and Bookmarks

Find new use for old Christmas cards by turning them into colorful gift tags and bookmarks. Detach the cover of the card then cut it into two-inch by three-inch strips. Next, snip the corners of the strips. Lastly, punch a hole in the tags then attach a piece of string. You can also create three-dimensional trinkets using extra Christmas greeting cards.

Christmas Card Ornament Balls in a Jar

You can always prepare ahead of the next Christmas season by turning old Christmas cards into handcrafted ornament balls. To form one ornament, you need to cut out 20 circles from greeting cards and draw a triangle with equal sides on each circle, with the points of the triangle touching the edges. Fold along all the lines and join the flaps using glue. To display the ornament balls anytime of the year, place them in a tall hurricane jar.

Christmas Cards as Mason Jar Lid Designs

Add fun to plain mason jar lids by decorating them with old Christmas cards. Cut out circles and hot-glue them on the outer surface of the lid. Give them a quick coat of Modge Podge and you’ve got yourself a charming set of containers.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Coffee Can Planters

Brighten your home with these adorable coffee can flower planters. Turn old tin cans into reusable containers by covering them with leftover Christmas gift wrap. Choose a color pattern that highlights the beauty of the flowers placed in the cans.

Christmas Gift Wrap on Tuna Can Candle Holders

Another way to reuse excess Christmas gift wrap is by using it to cover empty tuna cans. When adorned with festive wrapping paper, these old tuna cans become stylish candle holders with a sparkle of autumnal elegance.

Christmas Card and Gift Wrap Chandelier

Upcycle cards and wrappers from presents you received last Christmas by turning them into a cute paper chandelier. Begin by cutting out as many circles as you can from the cards and wrapping paper of different colors. Sew the circles together and drape them over an old lampshade frame covered with ribbons of a complementing color pattern.

Christmas Bow Wreath

Make use of leftover gift bows by turning them into a fanciful bow wreath. To create the frame for the wreath, carefully stretch out two wire coat hangers until they become circular. Connect the hangers using floral tape then start attaching the bows to the frame. Make sure you place the bows closely together to give your wreath a fuller look.

Christmas Cards as Wall Art

If the artwork on the Christmas card is simply too precious to cut up, consider framing the card instead. To ensure a more timeless appeal, choose a simple wooden frame coated in black to set off the holiday colors elegantly.

All-Around Christmas Card Garland

Make a festive pennant flag garland out of old Christmas cards. Start by cutting out triangles then punch two holes on each end of the top side. Assemble the garland by inserting twine or a colorful ribbon into the holes.

All-Around Christmas Ball Window Décor

This fun window décor has the appeal of paper mache ornaments, but the balls are actually made of old, rusty Christmas balls. Cover each bauble with a thick coat of Mod Podge and wrap a few strips of tissue paper around it. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball, and paint the entire ball with acrylic paint once the glue is dry.

Christmas Ball Wreath, Chandelier and Table Decorations for Romantic Celebrations

Reinvent Christmas baubles as you decorate for a romantic dinner. Gather your favorite holiday ornaments in pink pastel colors and hot-glue the pieces on a heart-shaped wooden frame. Tie a fancy ribbon and hang the wreath on your dining room wall.

You can also craft your own Valentine’s Day chandelier using red Christmas decorations. Hang crimson and heart-shaped ornaments using nylon strings to spread a message of love in any corner of your home.

Create a romantic tablescape by using red yuletide ornaments for your centerpiece. Place the decorations inside a tall hurricane jar.

Holiday candles can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day. Red candles are perfect for illuminating romantic evenings.

Christmas Ball Wreath for the Fourth of July

Show off your patriotism by creating a Fourth of July wreath. Take red, white, and blue Christmas ornaments and assemble them on a wreath frame of your choice. Add a few stars and, best of all, a small American flag to highlight your love of country.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Chandelier Accents

Display Christmas ornaments on any style of chandelier to add pizzazz to your home. Gold and silver baubles work well to usher in a classic, glamorous look. Opt for bolder colors and patterns if you’re going for a whimsical appeal.

Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Table Decorations

Mixing ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes is among the easiest ways to create a modern vintage table centerpiece. Make sure to feature as many complementary colors and textures as possible for a more striking effect. Place your collection in a glass jar and use this to add visual interest to any corner.

Christmas Star Ornaments as Colorful Birthday Decorations

Star-shaped ornaments are perfect for Christmas, but they also fit many birthday party themes, too. To reuse old Christmas ornaments as birthday party decorations, combine stars of different colors and add curly ribbons for a fun, cheerful effect. Hang the stars above the buffet table or doorway.

Christmas Balls as Event Keepsakes

Create the perfect souvenir for a special event by saving the wordings inside a clear Christmas ball. Place strips of paper with a special message that commemorates the celebration.

You can also inscribe the words on a colored Christmas ball that matches your motif. The best thing about using Christmas ornaments as a souvenir is that you will get a chance to display them afterwards as signature pieces on your Christmas tree. Because the ornaments serve as memorabilia, your holiday celebrations become all the more meaningful.

Christmas Balls as Place Card Holders

Use Christmas baubles as place card holders for a winter-themed event. You can also inscribe the name of the guest and the details of the event so the decoration can double as their souvenir.

Christmas Balls as Fridge Magnets

Liven up a boring old fridge with magnets made from Christmas ornaments. Just hot-glue a piece of magnet to one side of your Christmas bauble or any other holiday décor. These cute and fun pieces are also great gifts for any occasion!

Clear Christmas Balls as Minimalist Ornament Chandelier

Capture the sunlight in your room by using crystal Christmas balls as a quaint chandelier. Simply hang the baubles up a coil of wire using a nylon string and display by a window.

Clear Christmas Balls as Garden Globes

Reuse any clear Christmas ball as a terrarium. Easily make this by placing a handful of pebbles, a layer of charcoal, and some slow-growing miniature plants and moss inside your crystal ornament. Hang the Christmas ball by your kitchen window. You can also simply insert Christmas tree foliage into clear crystal balls.

Looking to start a garden in a small space? Try building a nursery first by converting old Christmas balls into indoor planters. Fill the globes with a little soil then insert your plant through the opening.

Floating Christmas Tree Garden

For a unique decorating concept this spring, try converting an old wooden boat into a floating garden. Fill the vessel with sprawling evergreens and flowers in planters then set it afloat on a lake or pond.

Fresh Evergreens as Miniature Indoor Topiaries

Extend the life of your favorite Christmas tree by turning it into miniature indoor topiaries. Cut off portions of your tree then place them into small ceramic jars or pitchers. Embellish your topiaries with monograms to highlight its pastoral charm.

Fresh Evergreens in Winter Jars

Can’t get enough of that yuletide cheer? Make the spirit of the holidays last longer by creating these wonderful winter jars for your home. Fill mason jars with soil then plant a small Christmas tree branch inside. Add a layer of artificial flock (or even real snow!) to complete the wintry charm of this decorative piece.

Fresh Evergreens and Clove Oranges as a Table Centerpiece for Summer

This summer, fill your home with a sweet and refreshing scent with this table centerpiece of clove oranges and fresh Christmas tree foliage. Take sprigs of evergreens and arrange them into a small wooden box. Place the citrus fruits in between. To retain the aroma of your display for weeks, stud the oranges with cloves.

Fresh Evergreens with Rustic Accents as a Table Centerpiece for Autumn

Fill your home with the bounty of an autumn harvest by placing this lovely fall centerpiece on your dinner table. Collect Christmas tree foliage and arrange them in a wooden crate. To achieve a look of abundance, place some autumn vegetables, such as pumpkins and gourds between the foliage. Add cream-colored candles to complete the look of autumnal elegance.

Create this elegant countryside display that reuses evergreens along with a vintage crate and some mason jars. Simply form a bed of greens inside the crate and allow some of the branches to fall off the side. Place the mason jars with a votive candle in between the sprigs of pine and holly.

Complement the countryside charm of your home by adding this easy-to-create rustic centerpiece. Take a small galvanized metal tub and fill it with different foliage, acorns, and pine cones. Place two small candles to act as lighting for the centerpiece.

Evergreen Wreaths as Table Centerpieces All Year Round

Create a vision of a bountiful feast by placing Christmas wreaths as decorative accents for your dinner table. Complete the timeless look by adding cream-colored candles as ambient lighting.

Evergreen Wreaths as Wall Décor All Year Round

Strip your holiday wreath of festive Christmas embellishments so you can use it as a year-round wall décor. Evergreen wreaths easily complement any style of home. They provide a natural and refreshing appeal to walls with muted colors.

Evergreen Wreath on a Chandelier

Give your light fixture a completely new look by adorning it with a holiday wreath. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, the addition of Christmas evergreens brings a fresh, natural element to home interiors. You can also hang other ornaments and drape beaded garlands for a luxurious touch.

Evergreen Canopy Bed Draping

Use your artificial Christmas garlands and swags for a fairy tale-inspired bedroom makeover. Simply drape the evergreens in your four-poster bed. Feel free to add some dreamy ornaments and accent pieces to make your bedroom look like an enchanted forest.

Christmas Lights as Mood Lighting in Bedrooms

Sleep under glittering fairy lights. Add warm Christmas lights as evening sparklers in your bedroom by carefully lacing your canopy bed or ceiling with these ambient lights. Fasten each strand using small pieces of clear tape to make sure they do not get tangled.

Hanging a string of white lights in dim corners of your bedroom gives your private sanctuary a restful glow.

If you don’t have a canopy bed or the ceiling of your bedroom is too high, consider adding clear Christmas lights to your headboard instead. It creates the same subtle radiance.

Christmas Lights in an Unused Fireplace

Use Christmas lights to transform an empty fireplace into a visual treat. Set off the enchanting glow against the dim backdrop by choosing only one color of lights. Wind about 10 light strings around a plastic ball. Plug in the lights and enjoy the striking view.

Christmas Lights as Colorful Step Lighting

Light up a stairway with this glowing ribbon garland. Combine all of the season’s ribbon scraps to create the garland then tie the ribbons around a string of Christmas lights. Make the necessary trimming before placing the garland on the steps.

You can also use holiday tea light candles to add some glow to your pathway. Put sand or fine gravel in an old canning jar then place a tea light. Line several of these flickering lights outside a beautiful pathway.

Outdoor Christmas Lights as Fairy Lights

Spend an intimate evening with loved ones under the warm brilliance of these fairy lights. Take your outdoor Christmas lights from the storage and use them as ambient lighting during a romantic dinner. String them around your porch or patio to recreate the beauty of a starry summer night.

Wrap a tree with twinkling lights and spread some vintage lanterns for additional lighting. Set your dinner table under the tree and enjoy the atmosphere.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Planters

Turn your outdoor planters into festive highlights by adorning them with colorful holiday lights made for the outdoors. Make your yard stand out with these well-lit plant boxes and topiaries.

Outdoor Christmas Lights on Vine Baskets

Dress up your porch or driveway during winter using these baskets adorned with outdoor Christmas lights. To create this starry accents, you need a coiled vine basket, a string of small outdoor holiday lights, and some clear plastic ornaments. Attach the holiday lights by pushing each bulb through the lining of the basket then place the plastic ornaments on top to act as fillers.

Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

Spruce up your outdoors no matter the season with these holiday balls made with grapevines and outdoor Christmas lights. Wrap vines around inflated beach balls. Make sure the vines hold together; fasten them using small wires. Next, remove the beach balls by deflating them. Lastly, coil the grapevine balls with white outdoor mini lights.

Outdoor Christmas Lights in a Mason Jar Chandelier

Create your own industrial chandelier out of outdoor Christmas lights. Just put the light strands inside mason jars and place them in an antique canning jar basket. Hang the chandelier outside using a sturdy chain and you’ve got the perfect lighting for a barn or garden party.

Christmas Lights in Glass Bottles

Make your parties more colorful with these easy-to-create glass bottle bulbs. Made from old wine bottles and multi-colored Christmas lights, these festive fixtures instantly add a whimsical feature to any celebration.

LED Christmas Lights inside Paper Lanterns

Recycle used or excess Christmas gift wrappers by turning them into beautiful paper lanterns. You can create additional designs by cutting out different shapes on the gift wrap. Take a used plastic soda bottle and cut off its neck. Make an opening at the bottom of the bottle then insert your holiday LED lights. Place a thin sheet of wax paper around the bottle to serve as a diffuser for the light. Finally, cover your DIY lantern with the gift wrap.

Christmas Lights in Miniature Paper Lanterns

Reinvent your holiday lights by transforming them into miniature paper lantern garlands. Take square pieces of paper and turn them into inflatable origami balloons. Attach the origami balloons to each Christmas light bulb. Turn on the lights and watch as these lanterns brighten up your summer evening.

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Add a charming highlight to any room with this shabby chic hula hoop chandelier. All you need is an old hula hoop, some glue, romantic lace, and a set of warm clear lights. Wrap the hula hoop in lace then fasten it using glue. Attach eight pieces of lace across the hula hoop to create a canopy for the chandelier. Finally, add the holiday lights by wrapping them around the chandelier.

Icicle Lights as Table Decorations

Transform dinner tables into a spectacular highlight at your party by placing clear holiday lights under table cloths.

Christmas Lights inside Twine Balls

Add a burst of color to your space with this twine ball garland that has Christmas lights tucked in the middle. This simple project is also a great activity you can do with your kids during weekends.

Christmas Lights as Vanity Lighting

Drape an oversized mirror with white Christmas lights to create your own radiant vanity area. The addition of twinkling lights instantly brings glamour and transforms your space into a pretty dressing room.

Glittering Lightscape

Fill your room with an enchanting atmosphere with this beautiful glittering lightscape. First, plot out your favorite design on a canvass then puncture holes through it using an awl. Next, insert the bulbs of your holiday lights into the holes then secure each one with craft glue.

DIY Votive Candles Wrapped in Vellum

Create a relaxing ambience for your children’s bedroom with these adorable vellum lanterns. The calfskin cover acts as an excellent diffuser for the holiday candles inside. You can also decorate your lanterns by drawing fairy tale scenes on the vellum cover.

Christmas Lights Photo Display

If you’re looking for a brilliant way to showcase life’s precious moments, then take out your cherished photos and Christmas lights. Create a lovely photo display by hanging white fairy lights on a wall and using wooden clips to attach your pictures to the strands.

Christmas Lights on Wedding Arches

Walk down the isle under the beauty of the stars. These wedding arches adorned with romantic clear Christmas lights create a dreamy backdrop to this special occasion.

Ice Lanterns as Path Lights

If you live in an area that experiences snow, you can make ice lanterns that use sprigs of holly and berries as embellishments. Get two buckets: one bigger than the other. Place the smaller bucket inside the larger one and fasten them with tape. Fill the gap between the two buckets with water then place the sprigs and berries in between. Leave the container outside to let the water freeze overnight. Once frozen, remove your ice lantern from the buckets.

Christmas Wreath as Easter Egg Nest Décor

Celebrate Easter by decorating your home with a rustic door décor made from an old vine Christmas wreath. Create a nest for Easter eggs by attaching a basin on one side of the wreath then layering it with dried twigs. For some pastoral charm, decorate your Easter egg nest with a few wild flowers and additional vines.

You can also arrange the nest by placing Christmas tree branches and berries in a glass bowl. Place a small wicker basket inside the bowl then add in a few feathers. Finally, tuck a pair of eggs in between the feathers and foliage.

Christmas Berry Square Wreath

Bring the elegance of the countryside into your home with this rustic red berry square wreath. Create the frame by collecting dried branches and tying them together at the ends. Add red berries, pine cones, and dried twigs from old Christmas decorations.

Candle Holders with Cranberries

Leave sweet notes for your loved ones on delightful candle holders filled with fresh cranberries from the holiday season. Make sure they get your message by drawing their attention using these luscious red berry accents.

Red Rose and Berry Centerpiece

Complete the romantic look of your Valentine display with this red rose and berry centerpiece. Simply place a few rose buds inside a crystal flask and surround them with red berry accents left over from Christmas.

Water Bottle Poinsettia Garland

Decorate your home this spring with colorful flower accents such as this water bottle poinsettia garland. First, you will need to cut the plastic bottles in half. Next, create the petals for the poinsettias by cutting vertical slits around the circumference of the bottles. Pull down the slits to create the shape of flowers. Using red and yellow crafting paint, coat the plastic flowers to make them look like poinsettias.

Angel Christmas Tree Topper as Table Décor

There’s something about angels that makes them the perfect figure to grace the top of a Christmas tree. After the holidays, you can also turn these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments into table décor. These winged creatures are wonderful decorative pieces at baby showers and other special occasions celebrating love and faith. Displayed on a console table at the entryway of a home, angel ornaments convey an atmosphere of peace.

Christmas Light Bulb Wreaths

If you’re looking for a quaint and minimalist take on the usual festive wreaths, try making this industrial-looking Christmas light bulb wreath. Use light bulbs with a clear transparent casing and a simple but sturdy wire frame. Hang the wreath on a twig using a sage ribbon to add a rustic touch.

If you’re looking for a touch of glamour, however, then this glitzy Christmas light bulb wreath is for you. Cover the light bulbs in glitter and let them dry. Afterwards, hot-glue the light bulbs onto a flat wood in the form of a wreath. Add a matching bow in the middle to complete the look.

Christmas Light Bulbs as a Glittery Centerpiece

For a fun and sparkly centerpiece, take old Christmas light bulbs, dip them in glue, and roll them in glitter. Let them dry before placing the shiny ornaments in a vase or a bowl.

Christmas Light Sun Catcher

This star-shaped ornament from burnt-out Christmas lights makes one lovely sun catcher that you can hang in the window of your home or office. Take 14 light bulbs, dispose of their caps, and cut off their wire. Glue together the bulbs in the shape of a cross then keep adding more bulbs in the spaces between until you form a star.

Christmas Light Casing as Teardrop Earrings

Upcycle burnt-out fairy lights into fashionable, wearable pieces. To make these teardrop earrings, wrap the top end of the light bulb casing in coiled wire and connect these to earring hooks. Have fun creating your own design by combining different colors and using various patterns when bending wires.

Pine Cone Fire Starters

Make your own fire starters out of pine cones. Wrap twine liberally around a pine cone, starting at the bottom. Leave a long wick near the top for easy lighting. After it is dipped in old candle wax, it’s ready to be used for kindling. Pine cone starters stored in a muslin bag also make great homemade gifts.

Pine Cone bird feeder

Help the little birdies this winter by making them this DIY pine cone bird feeder. Tie a piece of string onto the end of a pine cone, cover it generously in peanut butter, and roll it into seeds. Hang a few of these birdfeeders outside and watch your feathered friends enjoy their feast.

Pine Cone Potpourri

Make your own aromatic yet inexpensive potpourri by combining pine cones with cedar shavings and pine needles. Add a few drops of essential oil and seal the concoction in a bag for a week to let all the scents meld together. Pour the potpourri into bowls to spread this wonderful fragrance around the house.

Pine Cone Mulch

Recycle fallen pine cones as mulch instead of just throwing them away. Pine cones are the perfect bedding for an herb garden. They’re also a great way to keep household pets away from your plants.

Pine Cones as Table Centerpieces

Create your own vintage table centerpiece out of pine cones. Just dip the pine cones in pastel-colored paint or any other tint that matches your décor. Let the pine cones dry before displaying them in a bowl.

Pine Cone Candleholder

Craft stylish yet inexpensive candleholders out of large pine cones. Start by painting the pine cones in your choice of colors. Once dry, hot-glue the bottom of a soda can on top, and finish off by adding a candle.

Pine Cone Votive Holder

This pine cone votive holder looks beautiful on top of a coffee table. It’s also a breeze to make! Simply assemble a bunch of pine cones around a votive. Hot-glue the pieces and tie everything together with some burlap or twine.

Twig Christmas Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, redecorate your holiday twig wreath by adding green embellishments. Simply cut out and assemble flowers made of felt and add some shamrock buttons.

Lucky Christmas Tree for St. Patrick’s Day

Turn your Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree by adorning it with green ribbons and baubles. Give your holiday spectacle a lucky charm by adding shamrock decorations. You can also hang a rainbow ornament over a pot of gold coins for a humorous touch.

Tinsel Swizzle Sticks

Got some extra tinsel and confetti? Use them to make tinsel pom-poms. Cupcakes and cocktails look so much more appetizing when decorated with these festive swizzle sticks.

Tinsel Garland as a Disco Piñata

Add fun and glam to any party by crafting a disco piñata from tinsel garlands. Use a punch ball balloon to form the body of the piñata. Wrap the balloon in newspaper and apply paper mache before decorating it with tinsel.

Tinsel Wig

Create a funky wig out of your tinsel garland. Whether it’s for Halloween or just a fun night with friends, this accessory will add color and shine to your outfit. To make, just sew strands of metallic tinsel into a hair net.

At Tree Classics, we’re all about spreading the joy of Christmas throughout the whole year. If you’d like more inspiration for repurposing Christmas decorations, be sure to follow us on Pinterest where we have loads of surprises for you!

How to Make a Frozen Wreath

A couple more months are left until the end of winter. For avid home décor enthusiasts, what better way to have fun in the snow than by creating unique and colorful ice wreaths with family and friends?

An Ice Wreath with Cranberries and Pine Cones
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Tree Classics presents a quick and easy way to create your very own frozen wreath. Trade in your traditional winter decorations for this amazing ice creation.

Frozen Cranberries and Citrus Fruits Wreath

Materials Needed

  • Cranberries
  • Small citrus fruits, e.g. oranges or lemons
  • Fresh pine cones
  • Dried leaves
  • Small twigs
  • Assorted nuts
  • Water
  • Sturdy ribbons for hanging
  • Bundt cake pan

Directions

  1. Fill your Bundt cake pan with water.
  2. Put in the small citrus fruits first and cranberries next. Make sure that each piece is evenly spaced in the cake pan.
  3. Carefully add in the pine cones and assorted nuts.
  4. Place the dried leaves and twigs in whichever part of the pan you wish. These will serve as additional accents for the frozen wreath.
  5. Once you’re finished arranging the pieces, bring out the cake pan and leave it outside your home to freeze overnight. You can also place it in your freezer until frozen.
  6. When your wreath is completely frozen, remove the Bundt cake pan by placing it quickly in the sink and running warm water through it for about a minute. Be careful not to leave it there for longer than a minute to avoid thawing the entire wreath.
  7. Hang your frozen wreath outside using ribbons. Choose a spot in the shade so that the wreath won’t melt quickly.

Have fun with friends and loved ones as you create these ‘cool’ and stunning DIY frozen wreaths!

5 DIY Snowflake Decorations You’ll Love

Delicate snowflakes are the perfect inspiration for winter craft projects. Be inspired to create a whimsical display at home as Tree Classics features five beautiful DIY snowflake ornaments.

Doily Snowflake Garland

Doily Snowflake Garland from Design Sponge Doily Snowflake Garland from Design Sponge

 

Create a sweet and romantic winter wonderland décor by crafting a lacey snowflake garland out of paper doilies in various sizes. Begin by folding a paper doily in half over and over until it resembles 1/8 of a pie. Snip designs into your snowflake and unfold the paper. Weave across each dainty snowflake to assemble your adorable garland. Check out the Doily Snowflake Garland here for detailed instructions.

Snowflake Wreath

Snowflake Wreath from Laura’s Crafty Life Snowflake Wreath from Laura’s Crafty Life

 

This enchanting snowflake wreath takes under 15 minutes and about $8 (minus the spray paint and ribbon) to complete! To make, apply a light coat of white, silver, or gold spray paint in a wreath form. Glue various sizes of clear, opaque, and glittery snowflakes onto the front and back of the wreath. Finally, hook one pretty hanging beaded ornament in the middle. Hang your wreath by tying in a knot or bow, or use a wreath door hanger instead.

Woodland Snowflakes

Woodland Snowflakes from Pretty Ditty Woodland Snowflakes from Pretty Ditty

 

Blogger Jamie Christina’s rustic and fragile snowflake decorations with thread-wrapped joints are simply endearing! Easily make them at home by cutting three sticks from twigs at about 4 inches in length. Create a snowflake by gluing the sticks together. Add more dimension by gluing V-shape twigs to the tips of the snowflake. Use bakers twine to give more stability, and embellish the final piece with glitter.

Crystalline Snowflakes

Crystal Snowflakes from Silver & Chalk Crystalline Snowflakes from Silver & Chalk

 

With just a few simple things, you can craft your own stunning crystalline snowflakes and enjoy their sparkle all year long! Make the snowflake by twisting three pipe cleaners of equal length together at their centers. Add one little piece to the end of each side to form a prong. Tie the twine around the end of one spoke and tie the other end of the twine to a holder such as a pencil or stick. Submerge the snowflake in a jar of borax solution (use 3 tablespoons of borax to every cup of boiling water) overnight. Color it blue, if you like, by tinting the mixture with food color. Take it out in the morning and hang to dry.

Snowflake Lanterns

Snowflake Lanterns from Everything Under the Moon Snowflake Lanterns from Everything Under the Moon

 

Light up your space with a dainty snowflake lantern. This creation by Nikki embraces the winter season while giving your home a lovely sparkle. First, look for a snowflake stencil that you can tape around a jar. Make sure that the stencil is attached fully to the glass before taking the jar outside to spray with silver or white paint. Place Christmas lights or a battery-operated candle inside the lantern. Read Nikki’s post for more details.

With these nifty snowflake decorations, you can decorate your home with a touch of wintry charm!

Creative Ways to Recycle Gift Wrap

After all the merriment that comes with holiday gift giving, it is time to put away the gift cards and wrappers to avoid cluttering your home this new year. But a better way of handling excess or leftover gift wrap is by repurposing them! Tree Classics shows you creative ways to recycle these colorful pieces of paper.

Holiday Origami

Begin recycling your Christmas gift wrap with a quick and simple origami project. Originally from Japan, the art of origami or paper folding became popular over the years as a means to transform pieces of paper into sculptures. By coming up with different themes, you can transform your excess gift wrappers into other year-round ornaments, such as these adorable origami stars featured in Home by Linn.

Cookie Tins 

Create adorable packaging for your cookies by dressing cannisters up in Christmas wrappers. This is a great gift idea especially for those who prefer giving presents that not only satisfy the tummy but also the eyes with dainty designs! You can start off with these two wrapping ideas from jenthousandwords.com.

Gift Bands

Recycle old and torn gift wrappers by turning them into colorful bands for packages. Simply cut off the damaged parts and reuse the remaining gift wrapping paper on your present. This is a fine way to save up on packaging costs while also adding a nifty accent to your gifts.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

You can also find new uses for gift cards by turning them into Christmas ornaments. Dinah Wulf of DIY Inspired features an easy-to-follow project which you can do with your kids. All you need are some old gift cards, glue, a pair of scissors, a stapler, ribbons, and some plastic rhinestones to embellish your DIY Christmas tree décor.

Patchwork Greeting Cards 

Another fun way to recycle gift cards is by transforming them into patchwork greeting cards. Cut old gift cards into squares of different sizes and rearrange them on a bigger piece of cardboard. Next, glue each piece to the cardboard then draw small lines around the gift cards to make them appear like they were sewn together. Depending on the design of the gift cards, you can create greeting cards for other occasions as well.

Holiday Luminaries 

Looking for more ambient lighting for your home? Turn your leftover Christmas wrappers into lovely paper lanterns, such as this one featured in Nifty Thrifty Things. Create luminaries by making use of different patterns seen on gift wrappers.

Do away with post-holiday clutter by transforming leftover Christmas gift cards and wrappers into other useful items. It is an excellent way to save up money and be environment-friendly at the same time.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 5 Charming DIY Christmas Tree Skirts

Dressing up the bottom of your Christmas tree with a tree skirt is a great way to hide an unsightly tree stand. More importantly, tree skirts serve as a lovely background for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Here are five DIY Christmas tree skirts that can add a heartwarming feel to your tree.

The No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by The Johnston’s

This pretty DIY tree skirt is eye-catching with its lovely ruffles. What is even more interesting is how this was pieced together without being sewn! To recreate this project, you will need about four yards of fabric (to be cut into strips), a cutter, pair of scissors, a glue gun, a rotary board, and an old Christmas tree skirt.

No sew ruffle Christmas tree skirt Photo from The Johnston’s

Lay out your old tree skirt, or use a circular cloth as base. Start pinning the fabric strips along its circumference by beginning at the edge of the tree skirt. Pinch a portion of the fabric strip and press down to create a ruffle. After pinning, glue the strips on the base. Keep going until you reach the inner part of the circle. Check out Ashley’s post in The Johnston’s blog for the complete set of instructions.

The Simply Quilted Patchwork Tree Skirt by Sew4Home

holiday quilted patchwork tree skirt Photo from Sew 4 Home

This DIY Christmas tree skirt features vibrant garden prints that look perfect against a traditional green Christmas tree. For this project, you are going to need a sewing machine, colorful fabrics, see-through ruler, thick thread or yard string, lightweight paper, fabric pencil, regular pencil, scissors or rotary cutter, iron, straight pins, and bias tape maker. This project entails a number of steps but the end product is worth all the work. View Sew4Home to read detailed instructions.

The Ruched Tree Skirt by Teal and Lime

layered Christmas tree skirt Photo from Teal & Lime

This ruched tree skirt is as lovely as the ones sold in stores, but not as expensive. For only $12, Jackie from Teal and Lime was able to make a simple but gorgeous Christmas tree skirt made from two round table cloths of different colors. She made a simple and elegant color combination by layering light blue with a metallic fabric. A printed one on a plain fabric in a complementing color is also a good combination. Read Jackie’s post for more photos and instructions on the project.

Crocheted Tree Skirts

crocheted Christmas tree skirt Photo from Etsy

Brush up on your crochet skills with unique and special patterns. Crocheted tree skirt patterns like this Snowdrift Christmas tree skirt from the Beaded Bundles’ Etsy store adds to the warm feel of your tree. This design makes your Christmas tree look as if it’s standing on a snow-covered mountain. Add an inviting ambiance to your home by crafting a classic crocheted Christmas tree skirt. Visit Beaded Bundles in Etsy for more patterns.

The Felt Polka Dot Tree Skirt by A Happy Nest

polka dot Christmas tree skirt Photo from A Happy Nest

Getting inspiration from product catalogues is a great way to start a project, like this Land of Nod-inspired polka dot piece. This adorable Christmas tree skirt looks very simple, although hand stitching and pinning it may take longer, depending on the layout. Check out this post from A Happy Nest to learn how this charming Christmas tree skirt was created. A DIY tree skirt is worth all the effort. Add a personal touch to your lovely Christmas tree with a tree skirt you can make yourself.

DIY Classics: How to Preserve Memorabilia

Mementos, keepsakes, and souvenirs are part of every American family. They are special items that instantly call to mind memories and even transport people to the past.

Of course, these objects need to be preserved and taken care off. Tree Classics gives you a quick and easy guide on how to preserve these precious objects for the next generation to appreciate.

a wonderful collection of photographs

1. Organize Your Memorabilia

a collection of precious mementos beside a staircase

Organizing keepsakes is always the first step. Take all the memorabilia you want to preserve and display. Arrange them by material. Make sure all the objects made of paper are together. Keep everything made of wood separate from those made of metal. For items composed of two or more materials, place them in the pile of the material they have more of.

2. Choose a Suitable Location in Your Home 

a superb collection of mementos elegantly displayed

The location of your memorabilia is vital in the preservation process. Most materials are affected by factors such as heat, light, and moisture, so it’s important that the environment is ideal.

First off, attics and basements are not good choices. These are usually breeding ground for dust, and the extreme temperatures in these locations are especially harmful to delicate items. The best locations are those that are found at the end of a corridor or in the corner of a room.

The temperature has to be between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The light coming in from the outside must be minimal. Most importantly, the location has to be far away from hazards, such as pipes, air conditioners, and any ventilation shafts. It’s also smart to put memorabilia in a place where children or pets won’t be able to reach them easily.

3. Store Your Items Properly 

mementos encased in safe and elegant frames

There is a difference in how paper mementos and normal items are stored. Objects made of paper are usually encased in frames. Before being sealed off, however, they have to be mounted on acid-free or archival copy paper. This is especially important for photographs.

When attaching clippings and pictures, use acid-free mounting corners. Pins, paperclips, rubber bands, and tapes can damage your mementos. For comic books and newspaper clippings, transparent polyester sleeves are excellent options. When it comes to frames, pick out something with a thick glass frame. This will be additional protection against light and moisture.

an elegant display cabinet filled with precious mementos

Cases should have glare-free conservation glass. This will prevent any discoloration caused by sunlight and heat. It’s also important to pick out a stable and durable case that has several levels. The multiple levels will give you the opportunity to arrange your items properly.

When mounting the items in your display case, avoid using pressure sensitive adhesives, such as tape, glue, and superglue. Use acid-free mounting corners. This is the safest option for your mementos.

4. Clean Your Memorabilia Regularly

Maintenance is vital to taking care of your memorabilia. Cases and frames need to be wiped clean at least once a week. Using a normal cleaning spray can do the trick.

Paper does not need to be cleaned. In fact, it’s actually better if it remains untouched inside the frame. Wiping the frame with cotton swabs dipped in warm water is enough. Make sure to clean every inch of the item and leave it to air-dry before displaying it once again.

Keep your precious memorabilia and mementos safe for the next generation to enjoy with the help of this guide from Tree Classics.

DIY Classics: 5 Gorgeous Ways to Make an Autumn Wreath

Nothing celebrates this gracious time of year quite like a homemade fall wreath. Tree Classics features five gorgeous wreath projects that you can make yourself to help you add a statement of hospitality to your front door.

1. Fall Wreath with Fancy Bow from Tidbits & Twine

Elegant yet inexpensive, this fall wreath can be transitioned from season to season. You can use a bare twig or grapevine wreath as the base, and just wire in accent pieces that depict the season. For autumn, faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, pine cones, a small sign, and a fancy burlap bow are just perfect! Learn how to make this gorgeous décor from Tidbits & Twine.

Tidbits and Twine Fall Wreath with grapevine wreath as the base, Autumn accent pieces like faux berry stems, pussy willow branches, faux hydrangea, some pinecones, a small fall sign and a fancy burlap bow.
Photo from Tidbits & Twine

2. Moss and Pumpkin Wreath from 320 Sycamore

Inspired by a pricier counterpart from Williams Sonoma, this wreath by 320 Sycamore captures the festive spirit of autumn with its pumpkin patch appeal. Best of all, it’s easy and affordable to make. All it requires is a crown, reindeer moss, faux pumpkins, plus a rustic burlap ribbon!

320 Sycamore fall wreath with moss and pumpkins
Photo from 320 Sycamore

3. Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree

Enjoy these beautiful flowers well after they blossom with this dried hydrangea wreath. With its browns and whites and touch of green, this wreath by Julie Ree gives your front door the perfect autumn look that is subtle and romantic.

Dried Hydrangea Wreath from Julie Ree
Photo from Julie Ree

4. Potpourri Wreath from Sweet Something Designs

Unique and rich with the stunning colors of autumn, this wreath by Sweet Something Designs is a gorgeous way to add warmth to your home décor.  Old potpourri in red and orange hues is upcycled to replicate a vibrant fall palette that would look great in both traditional and contemporary homes. A beautiful checkered bow makes a nice finishing touch.

5.  Wheat Wreath from Thrive

Bring natural beauty into your door front with a simple yet elegant wheat wreath. This traditional harvest wreath may look challenging to make, but it’s really very easy to. The base of the wreath is nothing more than cardboard wrapped in scrap fabric. Wheat was attached using generous beads of hot glue. Make this at home with DIY instructions from Thrive.

wreath made of wheat by Thrive
Photo from Choose to Thrive

Celebrate autumn with Tree Classics’ selection of five gorgeous DIY wreath projects and fill your door front with warmth and style.

DIY Classics: How to Tell a Story with a Family Quilt

For decades, quilts have been used across cultures as a form of narrative art. Its lively colors and intricate designs often portray momentous events in a family’s history. From weddings to births, these stylish patchworks have symbolized our celebration for life. In this edition of DIY Classics, we take a look at how these colorful quilts are used to tell heartwarming and unforgettable family stories.

Sewing a Family Quilt
Photo from rickpilot_2000 ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Baby Quilts

One of the most well-known patchwork projects around is the baby quilt. Commonly sewn to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family, these quilts feature simple yet colorful patterns that represent joy and excitement. Compared to other storied cloths, baby quilts are easier to make because they do not take as much fabric. Families often embroider the baby’s name and date of birth on the quilt and hand it down from generation to generation.

Baby Quilt
Photo from normanack ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Begin your own patchwork tradition by creating adorable baby quilts for your family. You can try sewing your own baby blanket design or a full-sized flannel quilt blanket.

Graduation Quilts

Sewing a graduation quilt is another popular American family tradition. This special patchwork project features patterns that represent the years spent by a family member in high school. It includes embroidered pictures of friends and classmates. Some graduation quilts also show high school varsity uniforms such as basketball or football jerseys. In this sense, sewing a graduation quilt is more personal, and it is often taken along to college later on.

A T-Shirt Quilt
Photo from normanack ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Celebrate memories from your high school years by making your own graduation quilt. Try collecting old shirts and uniforms and sewing them into a stylish t-shirt quilt.

Wedding Quilts

Quilts are also used to tell stories of romantic unions. In many cultures around the world, wedding quilts are sewn by relatives and friends of brides-to-be in honor of the occasion. These patchworks feature vibrant colors and elaborate patterns to echo the esteemed family background of the woman. Wedding quilts are considered one of the most challenging to sew because of the fine details associated with their patterns.

A Wedding Quilt
Photo from DanaK~WaterPenny ia flickr. CC BY 2.0

Create the ideal wedding gift for your loved ones by sewing them an intricate wedding quilt. Start with this chic asymmetrical design to understand the concepts behind this storied cloth.

More than just mere decorative cloths, quilts have become part of hallowed family traditions. These sophisticated patchworks chronicle a rich and colorful history.

DIY Classics: Creative Ideas for Your Jack-o-Lantern

Halloween captures the imagination of people who just love to turn fright night into a fun night with family and friends. People often fill their homes with spooky decorations, such as ghosts, goblins, wraiths, and witches for an evening of terror and laughter! The most popular of these characters is the classic Jack-o-Lantern. But the often grisly yet comical pumpkin head deserves a new face on old Hallow’s Eve.

In this edition of DIY Classics, we give you four simple ways to highlight your home with the all-time favorite Jack-o-Lantern.

Pumpkins with a Message

Welcome guests into your haunted mansion by transforming the favorite Jack-o-Lantern into the ideal Halloween greeting. Carve out a special message or a creepy warning on pumpkins and gourds to turn them into unique and personalized holiday décor.

Ideas for carving out a message on your Jack-o-Lantern
Photo from mauricesvay via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkin Luminaries

Accent tables with these adorable pumpkin luminaries. With this simple and artistic re-imagining of the timeless lantern, these baby pumpkins will highlight the spooky corners of your home with an otherworldly luminescence.

Small Halloween Lanterns
Photo from MarchieCTID via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkin Topiary

If you’re an avid gardener, you can create your own garden of fright by shaping wire into large spheres with that mean old goblin face. You can also stack a few pumpkins on top of each other to produce a ghostly topiary of Jacks. These towering creepers not only add character to your garden but also help illuminate your walkways.

Halloween Pumpkin Topiary
Photo from Free Flower via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pumpkins as Canvases

Express your creative side by using pumpkins as your canvas! Aside from the traditional Jack-o-Lantern face, you can also carve out other timeless Halloween characters. Create your own unique patterns or check out some easy-to-follow designs.

Carved Halloween Pumpkins
Photo from anonymous to you via flickr. CC BY 2.0

This Halloween, give old Jack a face lift! Try our easy, spooky, and silly ideas for your Jack-o-Lantern!

Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween

Photo by Tammra McCauley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor

Photo by akfoto via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween

Photo from indulgy.net

Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration

Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree

Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration

Photo by this lucid moment via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.